Hyundai Rotem to produce K806 and K808 wheeled armored vehicles for the South Korean Army

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Hyundai Rotem is expected to launch the production of 600 6×6 K806 and 8×8 K808 wheeled armored vehicles (WAV) for the South Korean Army. The production is expected to start in 2018, with a rate of around 100 units per year.

According to the principal research engineer at Hyundai Rotem, Shin Yong-Cheol, the company is anticipating an order from the South Korean government by October of this year. The initial low-rate order will include 16 vehicles for field testing scheduled to last until the end of 2017. Full-rate production will kick off in 2018.

Hyundai Rotem to produce K806 and K808 wheeled armored vehicles for the South Korean Army
K808 (front) and K806 (rear) seen on South Korean news

According to Shin, the order of 600 vehicles will include 100 K806 and 500 K808 platforms that will be fitted with a one-person protected weapon station armed with an Browning M2 HB machine gun. The WAVs are not expected to be fitted with a remote weapon station to minimize costs.

Both the six-wheeled and the eight-wheeled WAVs are powered by a 420 hp diesel engine manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company. The engine provides a maximum road speed of 100 km/h with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The six-wheeled K806’s main role will be the protection of civilian & military facilities, and logistics convoys, while the K808 will conduct combat operations alongside K1A1 and K2 main battle tanks.

Both WAVs are operated with a two-person crew and can carry up to nine fully equipped troops.

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